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Heston's Lamb and Cucumber Burger with Coriander and Mint Pesto

Friday, 3 June 2011

We are in a burger craze!

I thought I've had enough of burgers after creating the ultimate sloppy burger, but when I received Heston Blumenthal's Ultimate Burgers from Waitrose, I immediately craved for another burger. I do hope my waistline would forgive me!

Heston Blumenthal burgers waitrose

Heston Blumenthal is one of my favourite chefs. Really talented English chef, or maybe a "molecular gastronomist". He has his own research and development kitchen and is the owner of The Fat Duck, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray, UK. You can read about our restaurant review here. Heston has been a food ambassador for Waitrose since Spring 2010 and has launched an extensive range of 'Heston for Waitrose' products such as vanilla mayonnaise, ponzu dressing, coriander and rose salt, a selection of pies including a filling of beef, ale and kombu – a Japanese seaweed that enhances meaty flavour, stock sauces and many many more really interesting products.

Heston Blumenthal burger waitrose

This Summer, Heston's new range of burgers launches at Waitrose in time for the Summer barbecue season. Its succulent, juicy texture is achieved via a sophisticated new method that’s never before been used by a UK supermarket. The range includes the Ultimate Burger (post coming up soon!); Veal and Tartare Sauce Burger, which combines succulent English meat with the punchy flavours of tarragon, capers, lemon, anchovies and shallots found in a good tartare sauce; Lamb and Cucumber Burger, which takes a traditional British flavour combination of refreshing cucumber and mint which cuts through the meat’s richness.

Heston Blumenthal lamb cucumber burger waitrose

I grilled the Lamb and Cucumber Burger patties using my George Foreman grill for about 3 mins and served with home-made coriander and mint pesto. The meat patties were cooked thoroughly until the juices run clear and there was no pink meat (as suggested on the packaging). The burgers were really delicious. The meat was perfectly seasoned, and I loved the texture of the meat patty, which resembled that of a sausage or frankfurter, it has a "bouncy" bite (if you know what I mean), so tender and juicy even when it was completely cooked through. I can't wait to try the Ultimate Burger next!

Heston waitrose lamb burger

Coriander and Mint Pesto

Printable recipe
By Pig Pig's Corner

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Yield: about 3/4 cup


Ingredients:
  • 50 g peanuts - toasted
  • 1 red chili - coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander
  • 2 cloves garlic - peeled
  • 6 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime
Directions:
  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add more or less olive oil to get the consistency you desire.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Heston from Waitrose Ultimate Burger £4.49 250g (2 pack) launches on 16 May. Heston from Waitrose Lamb and Cucumber; and Veal and Tartare Sauce burgers are priced at £3.49 for a pack of two and launch on the 24th May.

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